New firm to manage road network

New firm to manage road network

The road network in the East Midlands is to be managed by a new company which will carry out road maintenance and improvements.

As part of the five-year contract worth £220 million, A-one+ will manage the roads, ensuring that salt and grit is available during periods of bad weather and that roads remain in a safe condition.

The company has said that bigger and better equipped vehicles will respond to accidents on motorways and trunk roads, with operations co-ordinated by a network control base at junction 26 of the M1 near Nottingham.

New salt spreading vehicles will be introduced in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Lincolnshire, as well as satnav tracking equipment and CCTV technology in accident response vehicles to provide up-to-date footage of the incident to the control centre.

The new accident response vehicles will be fitted with cones, signs and accident screens to stop passing drivers seeing victims, as well as large warning signs to protect workers from traffic.

"Tank matting" will also be carried to create extra space for emergency vehicles where there is no hard shoulder.

A-one+ managing director Andy Jamieson said: "Our mobilisation team has been working hard over the last six months to ensure that we provide an excellent service from day one of the contract."

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